"Leading computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki, featured a comprehensive line-up of its products, including new Whole garment knitting machines, computerised flat knitting machines, and computer graphic design systems, as well as various digital solutions ITMA 2019."
Leading computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki, featured a comprehensive line-up of its products, including new Whole garment knitting machines, computerised flat knitting machines, and computer graphic design systems, as well as various digital solutions ITMA 2019.
The company is exhibiting under the theme KNITify the World—Smart Solutions in Textiles. The theme illustrates the flexibility of Shima Seiki products for catering to various industries in addition to its traditional customer base in the apparel industry. In its approach to proposing knitting as an alternative manufacturing solution for non-fashion related industries, Shima Seiki demonstrates what was impossible to knit in the past can be knit now, and what was never even considered for knitting is now made just as well – if not better – with KNITification.
Three Wholegarment machines are on display including the new MACH2VS machine. he flexible and versatile MACH2VS is evolved from MACH2S machines and carries on the capability to knit in a range of production styles. As a conventional shaping machine, it is capable of all-needle knitting in its available range of 8 to 16 gauge, while Wholegarment knitwear can be produced in half-gauge fabrics.
A short-needle bed version of Shima Seiki's flagship Wholegarment machine, MACH2XS103 will also be on display. The machine features the company's original SlideNeedle on four needle beds of 40-inch (100cm) knitting width. MACH2XS123, slightly larger than MACH2XS103, is equipped with the dual takedown prototype option, as well as the optional tension control device that measures the stretch characteristic of yarn beforehand and uses that data to control yarn feed at the machine.
The benefits of Wholegarment knitting are furthermore showcased in the MADE2FIT area of the Shima Seiki booth, demonstrating mass-customisation as only on-demand knitting technology can provide.
Shima Seiki is also speaking on smart textiles and wearable technology at the ITMA Speakers Platform as part of the ITMA Innovation Lab. In addition to machine technology, the latest evolution of Shima Seiki's SDS-ONE APEX series 3D design system debuts at ITMA as an equally important factor in modern knit production.
SDS-ONE APEX4 provides all the functions you need in taking advantage of the integrated workflow that is the Total Fashion System. Not limited to the knit apparel industry, textile design and production requires the diversity to support ever-changing market needs, with increasing emphasis placed on speed from design to market and sustainability.
SDS-ONE APEX4 responds to such requirements by providing up to a 5x increase in programming and simulation speeds as compared to SDS-ONE APEX3. As part of its full support of planning and design needs, SDS-ONE APEX4 features the latest search functions using Artificial Intelligence (AI).